William M. Barton

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William studied Latin and Greek in Britain and Canada before gaining his PhD in Classics (specialization early modern Latin) from King’s College, London in 2015.

In the former History of Mentalities research line at the LBI (2011–2017), William focused on the appreciation of nature and landscape in Neo-Latin texts, in particular the shifting attitudes towards the mountain as an extreme locus of nature in the early modern period and the creation of a concept of ‘landscape’ from the Renaissance to the present day.

In the LBI’s current Science research line (2018–ongoing), William has begun his latest research project on the role of Latin disputationes and dissertationes in the development of the ‘New Science’ at early modern universities. As part of his broader work on early modern science, William is currently preparing an English translation of Pascasius Justus Turcq’s De alea for a wider readership.

William also has an interest in the Neo-Latin of the New World, especially that of French Canada, where he has concentrated on the reception of Classical literature and attitudes towards the natural environment in writing about this region.


Neo-Latin publications


  • The Pervigilium Veneris: A New Critical Text, Translation and Commentary. London, Oxford: Bloomsbury, 2018. ISBN: 978–1350040540.

  • Mountain Aesthetics in Early Modern Latin Literature. Oxford, London: Routledge, 2016. ISBN: 978–1138228641.


  • ‘The Georgics off the Canadian Coast: Marc Lescarbot’s A-dieu à la Nouvelle-France (1609) and the Virgilian Tradition’, in: Freer, N. and Xinyue, B. (eds) Reflections and New Perspectives on Virgil’s Georgics, London: Bloomsbury (2019): 155–163.

  • ‘Neo-Latin Literature in 2017’, The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (YWMLS) 79, Leiden, New York: Brill (2019): : 5–17 [co-authored with C. Marsico, F. Schaffenrath, L. Subaric and I. Walser (LBI)]

  • ‘Neo-Latin Literature in 2016’, in: Dunphy, G., Scott, P. and Wharton, S. (eds) The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (YWMLS) 78, Leiden, New York: Brill (2018): 5–17 [co-authored with C. Marsico, F. Schaffenrath, L. Subaric and I. Walser (LBI)].

  • ‘Gessner, Conrad’, in: Sgarbi, M. (ed), Encylopaedia of Renaissance Philosophy, New York, NY: Springer (2018): 1097–1099.

  • ‘Between Ἑλλάς and Ελλάδα: Patrick Leigh Fermor, the Classical Tradition and Greece’, The Philhellene 10 (2018): 10–15.

  • ‘Neo-Latin Literature in 2015’, in: Dunphy, G., Scott, P. and Wharton, S. (eds) The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (YWMLS) 77 (1) Leiden, New York: Brill (2017): 5–14 [co-authored with C. Marsico, F. Schaffenrath, L. Subaric and I. Walser (LBI)].

  • ‘Der Landschaftsbegriff in der neulateinischen Literatur’, in: Korenjak, M. and Rollinger, R (eds) Die Entdeckungen der Landschaft, Vienna, Cologne, Weimar: Böhlau Verlag (2017): 251–271.

  • ‘Aldrovandi, Ulisse’, in: Sgarbi, M. (ed) Encylopedia of Renaissance Philosophy, New York, NY: Springer (2016): 890–892.

  • ‘Latin and Vernacular Translation in Early Modern Natural Philosophical Literature: A Case Study from Monte Baldo’, Scientia Poetica 20 (2016): 24–40.

  • ‘An Eighteenth-Century Thought Experiment on Climate Change: Johann Jakob Scheuchzer’s ‘De ignis seu caloris certa portione Heluetiae adsignata’ (1708)’, Lias: Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources 42 (2) (2015): 135–166 [co-authored with S. Migletti (Johns Hopkins University)] .

  • ‘The Third Elegy of Laurent Le Brun’s (S.J.) Franciad: Difficultas Itinerum in Silvis Canadensibus, The Difficulties of Expression in the Canadian Forest’, Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch 49 (3) (2013): 439–446.

Paedogogical Publications:

  • ‘A Neo-Latin Podcast’, Latein Forum 85/86 (2015): 132–135.

Book Reviews

  • P. J. Goodman (ed.), Afterlives of Augustus, AD 14–2014, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, xvi + 418 pp., ISBN: 978-1-108-42368-7, in International Journal of the Classical Tradition (2019): (DOI: 10.1007/s12138-019-00525-3).

  • S. Weise (ed.) HELLENISTI! Altgriechisch als Literatursprache im neuzeitlichen Europa. (Palingenesia Band 107). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2017. 389 pp. ISBN 978-3-515-11622-0, in Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft 70 (1/2) (2017): pp. 118–123.

  • Urs B. Leu (2016) Conrad Gessner (1516–1565): Universalgelehrter und Naturforscher der Renaissance, Zürich: Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ Libro; 464 Seiten ISBN-10: 3038101532. ISBN-13: 978-3038101536. 13 x 4 x 24,4 cm. 92 Ill. Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft 69.1–2 (2016): 66–70

  • Gilbert Tournoy and M. Mund-Dopchie (eds) La correspondance de Guillaume Budé et Juan Luis Vives. Introduction, critical edition, and notes. Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia, 38. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2015. 160 pp. ISBN: 978-94-6270-036-9 in Neo-Latin News SPRING  Vol. 64, (2016): 69–71.

  • Hagit Amirav and Hans-Martin Kirn (eds) Theodore Bibliander. De ratione communi omnium linguarum et literarum commentarius. Foreword by Irena Backus. Travaux d’Humanisme et Renaissance 475. Geneva: Librarie Droz S.A., 2011. liv + 684 pp. ISBN: 978­-2-600-01490-8 Neo-Latin News FALL - WINTER Vol. 62 (2014): 292–294.

  • Jourdain-Annequin, Colette, Quand Grecs et Romains découvraient les Alpes: “les Alpes voisines du ciel”. Paris: Picard, 2011. 313pp. ISBN: 978-2-7084-0836-4 in Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft 65 (2012): 250–253.

  • Caragounis, C. C (ed.), Greek: A Language in Evolution. Essays in Honour of Antonios N. Jannaris. Hildesheim/Zürich/New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2010.  Pp. xiv, 344.  ISBN: 9783487142555 in Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft 63 (2011): 1–4.

Recent Conference Papers and Workshops

  • ‘“Car la terre ici n’est telle qu’un fol l’estime”: Landscape Description as an Interpretative Tool in Early Modern Literature on New France’ • 2019 Lovis Corinth Colloquium IX Landscape and the Visual Hermeneutics of Place, 1500–1700, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 21st–23rd March 2019.

  • ‘Adam František Kollár’s Χάριτες εἰδύλλον (Vienna, 1756): Theocritean Praise of Maria Theresa and her Educational Developments’ • Hyblaea Avena: Theokritrezeption in der griechischen und lateinischen Literaturen der römischen Kaiserzeit und der frühen Neuzeit, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, 15th–16th November 2018.

  • Neo-Ancient Greek Poetry in Austria • The Hellenizing Muse: Neualtgriechische Gedichte, Ca’ Foscari, Venice, 30th–31st August 2018.

  • ‘Science in the University Dissertation: “Grey Literature” and the reception of scientific knowledge in the Early Modern German University. A Case Study’ • International Association of Neo-Latin Studies, Albacete, Spain, 30th July–4th August 2018.

  • Reading the Delitiae Poetarum Germanorum at a Distance: Latin Poetry and Politics in 17th Century Germany • Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, 19th–22nd April 2018.

  • Public Performance of Knowledge: The Reception and Representation of Early Modern Science in Contemporary University Dissertations • Classical Association Annual Meeting, University of Leicester, 6th–9th April 2018.

  • A Neo-Latin Database • Latin and the Republic of Letters, Diachronic Concepts of Education from Oral Tradition to Digital Humanities, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 4–5th May 2017.

  • Neo-Latin Epistolary Writing and the Assembly of Knowledge • Classical Association Annual Meeting, University of Kent, 26th–29th April 2017.

  • Aims and Expectations of the Delitiae Poetarum Germanorum (1612) • RSA Chicago, 29th March–2nd April 2017.

  • Le corps et la montagne : L'exercice physique et les modifications du rapport aux Alpes (16e-18e siècle) • Séminaire d’axe 2016-2017 Programme ‘Discours des corps’ (THELEME – Littérature et Sciences humaines de l’Antiquité aux Lumières) Université Paris-Diderot, 22nd February 2017.

  • Landschaft auf Latein: Beispiele und theoretische Überlegungen zum Thema ‚Landschaft’ in der Frühen Neuzeit • Landschaftsnarrative in Antike und Früher Neuzeit, Basel, 21–22th October 2016.

  • Pastoral and the Italian Landscape in the Latin Poetry of the Ventennio Fascista • FASCIVM DECVS SVPERBVM – Neo-Latin in the ventennio fascista, Brixen, Italy, 7-8th October 2016.

  • New World Landscapes in Ancient Forms: Laurent le Brun's Franciad (1639) • Classical Association (CA) Edinburgh, 6th–9th April 2016.

  • Latin and Vernacular Translation in Early Modern Verona: Two Visits to Monte Baldo • RSA Boston, 31.3–2.4 2016.

  • Prospectus – der Landschaftsbegriff in der neulateinischen Literatur • International Association for Neo-Latin Studies (IANLS), Vienna, Austria 2-8 August 2015.

  • Der Landschaftsbegriff in der neulateinischen Literatur • 2. Montafoner Gipfeltreffen, Partenen, Austria, 15-19th June 2015.

  • Changing Mountain Mentalities: The Reception of Classical Nature Descriptions in 16th Century Switzerland • Classical Association (UK) 2015, Bristol, 10-13 April 2015.

  • Animi delectationis gratia: Conrad Gesner and Mountain Writing in 16th Century Switzerland • RSA Berlin, 26-28th March 2015.

  • The Pervigilium Veneris: A Case of Editing through the Scholarship • Editors at Work - Experiences and Problems with Neo-Latin Texts, Innsbruck, Austria, 4-5th December 2014.

  • Latin for "Landscape": the development of the landscape idea in early modern Latin • Neo-Latin Reading Group, King’s College, London 11th November 2014.

  • Latin and the Vernacular in Early Modern Verona: Two Accounts of Trips to Monte Baldo • Using, Misusing and Abusing Latin in the Early Modern Period, University of Warwick,  April 25-26th 2014.


University of Innsbruck - Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen - Gräzistik und Latinistik:

  • Neulateinische Literatur: Mountains in Neo-Latin Literature (WS 2012/2013, LV-Nr. 641116, VU)

  • Neulateinische Lektüre: The New World in Latin: Canada in the Franciados Libri II (1639) of Laurent Le Brun S.J./ Die Neue Welt auf Latein: Kanada in den Franciados Libri II (1639) von Laurent Le Brun S.J. (WS 2015/2016, LV-Nr. 641119, VU)

For the course material and further information, please visit: http://neolatin.lbg.ac.at/neue-welt-latein-kanada-den-franciados-libri-i...

  • Rezeption: Die bukolische Tradition und ihre Rezeption von Theokrit bis Pope (SS 2017, LV-Nr. 641113 VU/2)

For the course material and further information, please visit: http://neolatin.lbg.ac.at/reception-bukolische-tradition

  • Vertiefung Antike Literature: Die Idyllen Theokrits: Sprache und Literatur (SS 2018, LV-Nr. 641116 VU/2)

For the course material and further information, please email lecturer at address above.

  • Griechische Lektüre I Prosa (SS 2018, LV-Nr. 641119 UE/2)

For the course material and further information, please email lecturer at address above or Mag. Dr. Lav Subaric.

  • Neulateinische Literatur: Einführung und Überblick (SS 2019, LV 641118 VU)

Für das Kursmaterial und weitere Informationen besuchen Sie bitte: https://neolatin.lbg.ac.at/neulateinische-literatur-einfuhrung-und-uberb...